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The Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park, working with Walsall Council, are pleased to present Sunday afternoon entertainment at the park in Pinson Road, Willenhall •Catering for a range of musical tastes the events run from 2pm – 4 pm except where shown and are all subject to cancellation at the last minute because of adverse […]

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Britain has a ‘golden opportunity’ to switch to renewable energy sources without increasing the cost to consumers, a national commission has revealed. It is commonly assumed that moving to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power would lead to energy prices increasing. However, a new report from the National Infrastructure Commission has found […]

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The Brighton Declaration?

by danielbarker on 19 July, 2018

There is no leadership from the government, the Labour Party and we are not getting through. We are letting a golden opportunity pass by. Pointing fingers at the government and repeating, “Exit from Brexit” is not enough. We need a full programme that offers hope. I am reminded of the golden memories of he most […]

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Vote Leave has been fined £61,000 and senior figures referred to the police for breaking electoral law. The Official Brexit campaign at the 2016 referendum failed to declare £680,000 it gave to youth Brexit group BeLeave, which was spent with data firm Aggregate IQ, the Electoral Commission said. This spending took Vote Leave – backed […]

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Last night at Council

by danielbarker on 17 July, 2018

The new Conservative administration has clearly set out its stall as the most negative, uncaring and undemocratic administration to date. Faced with three very reasonable, harmless motions, the Tories voted them down without hint of an apology. Opposition councillors had called for the setting up of a panel to look at reducing councillors’ extra responsibility […]

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Voter ID – a Returning Officer’s perspective

by danielbarker on 16 July, 2018

This year, five councils ran Voter ID pilots designed to crack down on voter fraud – in this case impersonation, where someone votes pretending to be someone else. None of these five pilot areas had seen an allegation of impersonation in the previous decade. Electoral Commission data shows that in 2017, of the 45 million […]

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Universal Credit – free information session

by danielbarker on 16 July, 2018

Universal Credit is a new In and Out of work benefit that is paid monthly. Are you are affected or do you know someone who is? Come along to this free information session to hear more about Universal Credit from the Department for Work & Pensions: Date: Wednesday 18th July 2018 Venue: Moxley People’s Centre, […]

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The government is being urged to slow down the roll-out of universal credit as more evidence emerges that an increased number of claimants are putting even more strain on local authority housing revenue accounts. There has been a 12% increase in rent arrears, up to a combined total of £43.6m, for tenants living in the […]

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MPs have blasted the Government for being ‘complacent’ about the financial future of local authorities. A new report has criticised the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for being ‘overly reliant’ on a favourable outcome from the 2019 Spending Review to address the local government sector’s financial problems. Published by the Public Accounts Committee […]

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80 years – a message from Vince Cable

by danielbarker on 11 July, 2018

We are rightly celebrating the NHS’s 70th birthday, but we need to prepare for the NHS at 80. The NHS and social care services are in a state of crisis. The Conservatives have left them chronically under-funded, and staff embattled and undervalued, while need continues to grow and patient care suffers. The Tories are only […]

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